Many sleek ultraportable laptops cost well over $1,000, but the 4-pound Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431 delivers a lightweight and sleek design for much less. Reviewers say the Acer laptop is an excellent value -- it's stocked with a second-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive and Nvidia GeForce GT discrete graphics. It also has a number of features not found on most cheap laptops, including built-in Bluetooth and a new high-speed USB 3.0 port. Six hours of battery life is another plus. Performance is solid across the board, and experts say the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431 should meet the needs of most users. The one exception would be gamers -- even though the Acer laptop has discrete graphics, it can't play the newest titles or game at high settings without getting overly hot. We also saw a few complaints that the touchpad is too small. If you prefer a big desktop replacement, the Asus K53E-B1 (*Est. $720) is another top pick among budget laptops.
The best reviews of the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431 come from Laptop Magazine and CNET. Both of these sources put the laptop through an intensive hands-on test, and the accompanying discussion touches on all aspects of performance and usability. We also found a few user reviews at Amazon.com and Newegg.com.
1. Laptop Magazine
The Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431 earns a 4-star rating (out of 5) from Laptop Magazine. Brian Oliver Bennett is a big fan of the metallic blue design, and he's impressed with the laptop's performance and battery life. The touchpad is on the small side, however.
Review: Acer Aspire TimelineX 3830TG-6431 Review, Brian Oliver Bennett, June 24, 2011
CNET gives the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431 an excellent rating. Performance and battery life are both impressive, although it's not as light as some of its competitors. The lack of an optical drive is another downside.
Review: Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431, Scott Stein, July 11, 2011
The Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431 gets mostly high overall ratings from more than 15 reviewers at Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed with the value, especially considering that the Acer laptop has discrete graphics and a second-generation processor. However, users report that the display has narrow viewing angles.
Review: Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431, Contributors to Amazon.com
Nearly 15 reviews at Newegg.com combine to give the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431 a 4-"egg" rating (out of 5). Reviewers are pleased with the overall value and think the laptop has good specs for the price. However, users say many of the newest 3D games aren't playable.
Review: Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431, Contributors to Newegg.com